These are simply the best looking and friendly birds you could hope for, they follow me everywhere and my grandaughter can play with them without any aggresion, simply a breed you must have, but make sure you get good quality, they are not cheap for a good bird but worth every cent and great layers.
We have 3 Andalusians and 3 plymouths, we were told that living in Spain the andalusians ruled supreme as layers, .. not so our plymouths lay more frequently and much bigger eggs, they have a lovely peaceful temperment and simply ghost around causing no problem what so ever .. Rock On !
Keep two sisters in two large parrot cages with bottom cleaning trays. I exercise them 1-2 times daily after they have eaten/pooped in cage, to prevent too many messes to clean up in the room. They are cleanish, sweet natured, mischevous at times, play with tiny toys of all sorts (not too small or they'd try to eat them.)
I had to clip one's wings back 1/3 because she is a jumper/flyer, but once their curiosity is satisfied, they don't fly much. I block off their exercise area, keep LOTS of clean fresh water for them, feed them mostly crumbles, hen scratch, chopped parsley, occasional canned
corn (salt free).
The other hen's beak is like an overbite, which I trim with toe-nail clippers while she is wrapped firmly in a towel. She doesn't complain too much, and it grows back in a few weeks.
They cluck at progressively louder sounds if not allowed to lay their egg in private solitude or a certain place in the room. They fuss very loudly when other animals come around, acting threatened by the animals during egg laying.
They steal the cat's food/cereal and run; and will get into and make a big mess with any papers, potpourri, or artificial silk plants/ soil/ things dropped on floor. They get bored, so I keep a close eye on them when out of their cages.
My two hens are trained at 8 months to get into their cages upon verbal, patient command because they naturally move slowly unless trying to run. They are extremely curious, try to take my food from my hand if allowed. They are not particularly patient, though. I have to scold them for that or for shredding newspaper, making holes in cardboard, finding and eating tiny chips of styrofoam occasionally, or pecking the cork off a bulletin board sitting near the ground!
They sleep when cages are covered, regardless of hour or length of time. They will perch indefinitely on my outstretched legs when I rest, preferring to be touched on their ear-pads and beneath their beaks, no where else. If I have to lift them I place my palms beneath their body and lift with their legs dangling, which they don't seem to mind.
Their being raised INDOORS is challenging, and I do plan to give them their summers more outside this year.
The crushed oyster shells don't agree with them for some reason, so I barely give them any. Their crumbles have all the vitamins they seem to need. They have never had a single problem except for when they accidentally find a few scattered grains of the Boraxo I put on their few cleaned, wet drips, for odor-removal and absorbancy/ stain removal upon drying/vacuuming. They rarely have loose bowels, but are trained also not to eat their droppings inside or outside of the cages.
The are truly my pets, loved by my Mini-Rex rabbit, and our three misc. cats who have never harmed them.
I have photos of them all sitting side-by-side. I'd highly recommend them to any beginner over any other chicken breed. Mine are " barred" black/grey and lovely, so I am considering another Plymouth Rock of another color, taking suggestions. Their egg production is avg., with they're knowing that I take their eggs as they are layed. Their diet is simple. They love chopped tomatoes for variety.
At first they fought with each other a bit, but after a few weeks and ever since they have gotten along fine. The smaller one overrides the larger one who is the bolder and louder of the two. Overall the experience has been good, but would not be so good if I did not have this simple routine, and the time to watch over/ care for them properly. We have lots of predators in our neighborhood, so until I design a good cage, they will stay in the house most of the time.
Good luck and God bless you.
They are ideal pets for children and great for beginners. I would recommend them to anyone. They lay huge eggs and over 300 in a year.
We bought six chicks last april. We have five hens who are doing well and are now laying. However the Rooster was aggresive and attacked my wife and children. He then attacked me and that was it. We made soup out of him. We receive two to three eggs a day. The eggs are a light brown. Very Good. The hens share a pen with a Turkey whom we also bought in April. They all get along well. I am not sure if all Plymouth Bard Rock roosters are territorial but he may have just been born that way! We let them roam the property a couple hours a day. They do like to pick through are garden.
great layers and very friendly to both humans and other animals. truly a majestic bird
Hardy, good layers, easy to keep and nice to look at.
These are great birds for beginners!